“Amreeka”, The Movie Everyone Should See

22 01 2010

In a very strange coincidence, involving Wikipedia and Rotten Tomatoes, I had the pleasure to learn about this movie.

“Amreeka” is an Arabic movie following the story of a Palestinian family emigrating to the U.S. in the hope of finding a new future, and maybe a new sense of home.

It’s a very lite film, not going deep in details, and not so shallow at the same time. There’s a nice balance in the story, making this film a must-see for every cinema fan.

The core of this film goes well beyond Arabs and Americans. The focus is shifted toward the human state of mind, the idea of a country, a nationality, and community. What is a country? What defines “home”? What are borders? Where would one find inner peace? Home or some place away from home?

Many different ideas, and one perspective, a perspective that you’ll never know about in Hollywood or European cinema. It’s this one perspective that makes this film so interesting and so important to watch, because we don’t usually get to see anything from that perspective in the news, on TV, or in the movies.

After seeing this movie, I had a strange feeling inside that I couldn’t really describe, nor express. It was something new, but very refreshing at the same time. And I’m so glad I had a new chance to experience Arab cinema once again. It was a pleasure, and it certainly opened my appetite for more…

Director “Cherien Dabis” makes one hell of a debut film that is indeed worthy of being watched and thought about for a very long time.

The poster of the movie "Amreeka"

"Amreeka" Poster

Links:

Official Website

Amreeka at the IMDB

“Amreeka” at Rotten Tomatoes

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